Ritual Coffee Roasters

Overall Rating: 8.200

Address: 1634 Jerrold Ave.
Cross Street(s): 3rd St., in the Flora Grubb Gardens
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94124
Neighborhood: Bayview
Phone: 415.694.6448
Hours: M-Sa 8am-5pm; Su 10am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 9
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.40
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 9
Crema: 8
Flavor: 9
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: S
Primary Taste: Candy-like
Coffee Beans: Ritual Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: Nuova Point
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 12/05/2009
First Reviewed: 05/11/2007
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

You'll have to step inside the gardens to find this (currently) quiet, new Ritual outlet. Tucked in the back of a hangar-like structure with a tall ceiling, past the shovels and books on tree care, you'll find a Ritual flag and an unmistakable cherry red, three-group FB-70 La Marzocco (imported from their Valencia location). There are just three stools to sit on at the edge of the small bar, so seating is tight. They pull single espresso shots here as well as the usual doubles ($2), and the resulting shot is dense, potent, and comes with a moderate layer of darker brown, textured crema. Served in black Nuova Point cups. Flavorwise, it has a mixture of both a harsher spice edge mixed with a syrupy sweetness - making for a more complex cup. Ritual also moved one of their two Clover machines here. And given the business volume, they intend to use the Clover over any French press - and it's definitely worth the price of admission.